Super Bowl 50

There is a front page story in the Chron today that says Texas will be in play during the primaries. That is good thing and good for turnout. Go pick up your Chron and check it out.

Commentary has watched all of the previous 49 Super Bowls.

The first one played was on both NBC and CBS but don’t ask me which network I watched.

The most memorable and best one was Super Bowl III when Joe Namath of the Jets guaranteed a victory over the Colts and won. It was a statement that the AFC/AFL would not take a back seat to the NFC/NFL.

The most bittersweet was watching the Titans play.

I root for the AFC teams. It is an Oilers and Texans thing. I think though I did root for the Saints a few years ago – a Katrina thing.

I have never been to a Super Bowl. It is really not a priority with me.

I would like to see the Texans play in and win a Super Bowl someday.

I will root a little extra for the Broncos on Sunday because of Coach Kubiak and Wade Phillips.

Among MLB pitchers, who hit the most dingers and RBIs last season?

Here is part of what the Mayor put out the other day:

Mayor Sylvester Turner has selected former Houston Independent School District Trustee Juliet Stipeche to serve as Director of Education, a new position within the mayor’s administration.

“Juliet is very passionate about education and children and I share that passion,” said Mayor Turner.  “She is a visionary with transformative ideas.  Her collaborative approach of working with parents, administrators, business, law enforcement and neighborhoods will help achieve my goal of moving this city forward and reducing the income inequality that is so often the result of deficiencies in the education system.”


“The creation of this new position is meant to compliment, not compete, with the hard work of our area school districts,” said Turner.  “Creating the strong, well-educated Houston of tomorrow will require everyone working together.  Juliet is the perfect choice for ensuring my vision gets implemented.”

“I am excited and deeply honored to work with Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is committed to building a City where educational equity and opportunity exist for every child regardless of zip code,” said Stipeche.  “I look forward to collaborating with fantastic community partners to build lasting relationships to promote educational excellence in the City of Houston.”

Go for it. Mike Morris of the Chron has a piece on Stipeche today and in the article Council Member Jerry Davis refers to Stipeche as an “education czar.” That is jumping the gun a bit. Let’s wait a while until we can see results before we start assigning czar titles.   Here is all of the Morris article:

Mayor Sylvester Turner has named former Houston ISD board president Juliet Stipeche to a newly created Director of Education role in his administration, seeking greater collaboration between the city and area schools, community colleges and universities.

Many council members and education advocates praised the move, even as some acknowledged Stipeche’s effectiveness could be limited by the inherent gap between the city and local schools districts, which are legally distinct and governed by separately elected boards.

Turner said Stipeche, who will report directly to him, will work with parents, administrators, law enforcement agencies and neighborhoods, seeking grants and better coordinating what dollars Houston already directs to youth and educational programs. He tied the appointment to his oft-repeated goal of reducing income inequality, saying that social divide often is driven by an inadequate education system.

“This is a golden opportunity to really recognize that we can’t continue to be a growing, dynamic city if our school systems are operating separate and apart,” Turner said. “Not all of it has to do with dollars and cents. Some of it is just making sure that one entity is not doing something that works adversely against the other. It doesn’t make any sense to be closing community neighborhood schools if the city is looking at revitalizing those communities.”

Such a disconnect cropped up in 2014, when the city sought a federal grant to help fund a multimillion-dollar makeover of Cleme Manor Apartments in the Fifth Ward, even as school district officials were weighing whether to close adjacent the N.Q. Henderson Elementary, which drew half of its student body from the low-income apartment complex. The school remains open.

“We’ve got to work together. The hot spots for illegal dumping, high crime, it’s no fluke they’re in poor neighborhoods,” said District B Councilman Jerry Davis, who was involved in the discussions over Henderson Elementary. “Some people are saying, ‘We don’t have a role in education.’ You’re wrong. We pay a little on the front end or we pay a lot on the back end, and that’s through incarceration, through subsidized programs and things like that. This education czar can help connect the dots.”

For example, Davis said, if the city lacks a library in an area where HISD is rebuilding, why should the school not be built larger so the city could rent library space there, or provide the librarians? Better coordination, he said, also could have prevented what happened at Bruce Elementary, where HISD rebuilt the school and added a covered outdoor basketball court across the fence from a covered basketball court at city-owned Swiney Park.

“What I’ve noticed serving on the school board for a number of years is there are many good-intentioned programs that exist, but they exist in silos. We need to build bridges so we don’t replicate programs,” Stipeche said. “There is no more important means of testing the indication of the future fiscal and social well-being of a community than evaluating the education level of the community.”

Ceiling on effectiveness

One particular area of coordination will be President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program, aimed at turning around the lives of millions of disadvantaged boys and young men, particularly those of color.

At least 35 community partners have engaged with the program since its local launch last year, Stipeche said, examining efforts ranging from preschool initiatives to workforce programs.

Bob Sanborn, CEO of the nonprofit Children At Risk, praised Turner’s decision and the choice of Stipeche, who he said is smart, understands public education and, as a Latina, represents the largest segment of Houston youths.

“When parents think about our city, they often mistakenly think the schools are part of the city. But the fact of the matter is that schools make up an important part of the life of families, and for the mayor to at least look to collaborate with the school district is a step in the right direction,” Sanborn said.

Still, he said, there will be a ceiling on Stipeche’s effectiveness.

“You’re going to have a school board and you’re likely to have a superintendent who are going to listen to each other rather than a mayor and an advisor to the mayor,” he said. “You hear this many times from school officials: ‘We don’t report to the mayor.’ That’s not the system we have in Texas. Maybe we should have that system, but that’s not what we have.”

Councilman Mike Knox said he was not questioning Stipeche’s qualifications, but worried about the cost she and any subordinates will have on the tight city budget.

“I appreciate the mayor having the ability to decide what he does with his own budget, but in these economic times, I’d have liked to have seen him advise the city council that he was thinking about doing this or spending this kind of money before it was a done deal and before it was a public announcement,” he said.

Zeph Capo, president of the Houston Federation of Teachers union, said he was hopeful the appointment would result in greater cooperation between the city and the school district. The union strongly backed Stipeche in her unsuccessful re-election campaign to the school board last fall.

“We’re kind of sick and tired of the silos and the fiefdoms,” said Capo, who also serves on the board of Houston Community College. “We’ve got to find a way to work together.”

Critic of Grier

Stipeche, a lawyer who grew up in the East End and was valedictorian of HISD’s High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, had transitioned from her law firm in recent years to take a job at her alma mater, Rice University, at the school’s Richard Tapia Center for Excellence and Equity. The center focuses on increasing minority participation in math and science fields.

On the school board, she was a strong critic of outgoing Superintendent Terry Grier, led the school board’s audit committee and backed a nondiscrimination policy for the district.

She will earn $89,000 in the new role, which she began formally on Feb. 1.

Staff writer Ericka Mellon contributed to this story.

I wonder if Morris or Mellon reached out to HISD Trustee Diana Davila to comment for this story. Davila defeated Stipeche pretty handily last November.

I certainly don’t want to tell Stipeche how to do her job but she should first check why is there inequality of city services around neighborhoods surrounding schools. Seems like the neighborhoods surrounding the good schools are getting better love from the city than the neighborhoods surrounding the struggling schools.

I watched the debate last night and both candidates did what they had to do and I don’t have a problem with that.

Madison Bumgarner of the Giants of course had five dingers and nine RBIs last season

There are six weekday non-holiday day games at The Yard this season.


No Show

Last night Adrian Garcia won the endorsement of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus 136 to 2 or something like that. Yeah, 136 to 2. The Screening Committee gave Adrian a 89.2% rating and Cong. Gene Green a 70% rating. Asked to explain the rating score, a Screening Committee member said that Green didn’t seem interested in learning about and discussing GLBT issues or something like that. It is what it is and he is what he is.

Green didn’t bother to show up last night or send a representative. That’s too bad. He chooses to ignore a part of the congressional district he represents. He chooses to ignore a key member of the Democratic Party family.  Why?

Name the MLB DH with the most dingers last season?

Former senator Rick Santorum gave up his bid for the presidency yesterday.

When I was watching Secretary Hillary Clinton on Monday night, I kept hearing her say she was a progressive. It sounded kind of odd and so not her.   Well, Sen. Bernie Sanders and some talking heads are questioning her progressive cred. I am certainly not going to get into this fight other than to say it doesn’t sound like her.

Commentary has a policy of not spending a lot of time on college sports. The kids don’t get paid so I don’t have anything to say on the kids signing those letters of intent yesterday.

David Ortiz of course led DHers last season with 37 dingers.

That’s all I have.


Next Up

Sen. Rand Paul is getting out of the presidential race. Who is next?

I forgot to congratulate Secretary Hillary Clinton for being the first woman to ever win the Iowa caucuses.

Congrats also go out to Sen. Ted Cruz for being the first Latino to ever win a presidential caucus – I think.

I kind of agree with Stace’s latest take. Here is how it starts:

It didn’t take long for the other side of Bernie (Hillary) to come out telling us that as the states get browner, their candidate will win more. Talk about taking voters for granted!

These are the same kind of Democrats who’ve wanted to rely on demographics to win elections. And when nominated, it’s all about, “Yeah, let’s move to the right on certain issues, they’ll be with us anyway, right?” It’s the sort of mentality that has kept turnout rates low and mediocre candidates on our ballots.

Go check out the rest of Stace here: http://doscentavos.net/.

Yeah, it is kind of dismissive to hear the talking heads say the “demographics” favor Hillary in Nevada (more Latinos) and South Carolina (more African Americans) as if Sen. Bernie Sanders doesn’t know anything about these communities. Oh, well.

You have to hand it to Texas Monthly’s Ericka Grieder for her coverage and analysis of Ted Cruz. Go to Burkablog and check her out.

Among qualifiers, name the MLB catcher with the highest batting average last season?

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus will hold their endorsement meeting tonight.

Speaking of, the Chron E-Board endorsed Kimberly Willis in the State House District 139 race. Here it is:

This election will be the first time since 1988 that Sylvester Turner’s name does not appear on the list of candidates for this seat. The largely black and Hispanic district, which covers northwest Houston and parts of the unincorporated Harris County north to FM 1960, has come to expect the skills and experience of a man who always kept one foot in Acres Homes even as he became an institution in Austin. But that longtime representative, voters should remember, began as a young attorney.

We encourage Democratic Party voters to look for a candidate who will emulate Turner’s successful model of connecting constituents’ interests with the levers of state power in Austin. We believe that Kimberly Willis will be that candidate.

Willis’ experience as a former staffer in the Legislature and as a social worker in Houston gives her a comprehensive view of the ways in which government programs can impact neighborhoods.

“I understand what good public policy does for a community,” she told the Houston Chronicle editorial board.

Willis, 31, places specific focus on criminal justice issues, especially juvenile justice. As a behavioral specialist with the Harris County juvenile probation department, her expertise would be a fine addition to a legislature that looks ready to tackle criminal justice reform. She was also the only candidate willing to address Houston’s pension problems head-on.

Willis received her undergraduate degree from Baylor University, a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Prairie View A&M and a master’s in social work from the University of Houston.

Also running for the position are Randy Bates, 66, a former Lone Star College trustee; Jerry Ford Jr., 23, a student activist; and Jarvis Johnson, 44, a former member of Houston City Council.

Ford has an impressive passion and said he is running to spark a movement of youth involvement in politics, but he could use a little more experience. Bates and Johnson both have that experience as elected officials. However, Bates relied too much on vagaries when he talked with the editorial board. Johnson faced allegations of unethical and illegal behavior while on City Council, including allegations of trying to direct city contracts and being charged with evading arrest. He was never indicted or convicted, but too many questions still remain about Johnson’s political ethics.

Of all the candidates, Willis has the best balance of on-the-ground knowledge and legislative experience. After more than a quarter-century with Sylvester Turner, voters should send another young, ambitious product of Acres Homes up to Austin.

Buster Posey of course of the Giants had the highest batting average for a catcher last season hitting a solid.318.

Pitchers and catchers report to ‘Stros spring training two weeks from tomorrow.

Cruz for Now

Back in 2012, Commentary was a panelist at a Partnership session on the elections. The panelists were asked about a fella named Ted Cruz taking on then Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the open U.S. Senate seat. I took a pass on the question. A local GOP consultant said Dewhurst would put away Cruz without a runoff. Last night, Sen. Cruz proved to be a giant killer again.

I think running for president is tough. I try not to make fun of those that end up dropping out. So I won’t other than to say I was really tired of hearing Mike Huckabee’s shtick.

I really don’t think the Hillary Clinton folks should be doing celebratory dances unless they think surviving is cause for celebration.

If Jason Castro is our Opening Day starting catcher, that will make it five Opening Day starts in a row for Castro. Brad Ausmus has the team record for consecutive Opening Day starts at catcher. How many does he have?

The Chron E-Board endorsed Steve Brown for the State House in the District 27 race. Here it is:

If state Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, is looking for a campaign theme song, may we suggest one by the British rock band Coldplay. It’s called “Trouble.”

Since he first ran for office in 2008, the private personal-injury lawyer has been sanctioned twice by the State Bar, fined $10,000 by the Texas Ethics Commission for failing to file campaign-finance disclosures, sued several times and convicted, most recently, on five counts of barratry, the legal term for the illegal solicitation of clients (otherwise known as ambulance-chasing). A couple of weeks ago, a Montgomery County judge denied his request to resume practicing law while he appeals his misdemeanor conviction.

Reynolds, 42, the first African American to represent Montgomery County since Reconstruction, maintains his innocence. (His conviction is currently on appeal.) He also maintains that his legal and professional troubles are not a distraction from his work as a legislator. He told the Chronicle editorial board he’s “laser-focused” on his legislative duties.

In our view, the issue is moot. All three of his challengers in the March 1 Democratic primary are capable and qualified. The winner of the contest will go on to face the victor in the Republican primary for the District 27 position.

Reynolds, a three-term incumbent, was named Freshman of the Year by the House Democratic Caucus at the end of the 2011 session; two years later he landed on Texas Monthly’s “Worst” list. This year he needs to attend to his own problems while someone else takes on the task of representing District 27. The district covers most of Missouri City and parts of Houston and Sugar Land.

Challenging the incumbent are first-time candidate Angelique Bartholomew, 46, a certified mediator and director of compliance for a medical firm; Chris Henderson, 30, an assistant district attorney in Galveston County who also is running for the first time; and Steve Brown, 40, a former White House intern who owns a public affairs firm. The former Democratic Party chairman of Fort Bend County, Brown also worked as a budget analyst for then-state Rep. Sylvester Turner and was the Democratic nominee for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission in 2014.

Our choice for the Democratic primary is Brown. With 15 years of experience in politics and public affairs, including an unsuccessful run for the District 27 seat in 2006, he’s conversant with issues that resonate in this diverse, fast-growing district, including education and school finance, health care and economic development. He told the Chronicle editorial board he’s eager to help reform the state’s “vastly antiquated” public education system, make the case for Medicaid expansion and address what he sees as a growing foster-care crisis in the state.

Already familiar with the legislative process, Brown is likely to be an effective elected official from the moment he’s sworn in.

Former Fire Chief Lester Trya sent this letter to the Chron:

Regarding “Pension problems” (Page B6, Friday), the editorial that included comments from Jamey Rootes, chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, contained some truth: Mayor Lee Brown and state Sen. Mario Gallegos did orchestrate the pension changes. However, the editorial failed to mention that the changes only affected the police and municipal pension funds. The firefighters’ pension fund elected to not go along with the suggested changes, as they appeared to be too risky for the future of the firefighters’ pension fund.

As the fire chief during that time period, I was repeatedly asked to support the changes; I refused and referred those who sought my support to the firefighters’ pension fund trustees for their consideration. Once again, only half the story is being told. Firefighters have always and will continue to be good stewards of the pension fund.

 Brad Ausmus has six consecutive Opening Day starts at catcher of course.

Nothing to report from The Yard today.

As Iowa prepares to caucus this evening, many in the national media are saying that folks in Iowa are the first voters in the 2016 presidential contest. That is not really true. Yesterday I went to Baytown to visit with my parents. We were sitting around talking politics when my parents pulled out their Dem Primary mail ballots and they asked me about a few local contested races as they were putting the Xs by their choices. Both voted for Hillary for president. As I was driving home I was listening to CNN on the SiriusXM gizmo and heard a reporter say Iowans would be the first to vote and I thought, hey wait a minute, I just saw my parents cast their presidential vote. Iowa is not first.   Oh, well.

The Chron had a chart on past presidential races on page A16 yesterday. For the 1952 election, they had as the Dem’s nominee, Harry Truman. I was always taught our nominee that year was Adlai Stevenson. What do I know?

Number 14 of the ‘Stros was born in Iowa. Who am I talking about?

Nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. does not think the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce should have endorsed HUD Secretary Julian Castro for Hillary Clinton’s running mate. Checkout Navarrette here: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/jan/29/hillary-clinton-julian-castro-vice-president/.

I don’t have a problem with the Chamber endorsing Castro for VP. I do think they should have waited until Hillary wins a few caucuses and primaries though.

Let’s see. The HISD school board voted to add a few magnet programs and now the superintendent says there is no money for the new programs. Oh, well. Just another day at HISD these days.

Skipper A.J. Hinch of course was born in Waverly, Iowa.

I have no idea who is going to win tonight in Iowa. I will be watching though.

Nothing from The Yard today.

Mimi’s Take

Mimi Swartz has an interesting take in Texas Monthly about H-Town, the Mayor, and the issues we confront. Here is from her take:

We may be the global capital of the energy business, a supposed economic powerhouse, and a mind-blowing melting pot, but the price of oil is tumbling and some dicey bills are coming due at city hall. There is a pervasive sense that the city’s legendary optimism isn’t going to be enough to pull us through this time.

Well that doesn’t make me feel good.

And this from her take:

Finally, there is the biggest problem of all: the payout of pensions to police, fire, and city employees, which could bankrupt the city. In the nineties the city had its retirement plans under control, paying reasonable pensions to its employees. Then, in and around 2001, state senator Mario Gallegos, a former firefighter, and then-mayor Lee P. Brown, a former police officer, among others, persuaded the Legislature to raise those benefits. According to a report by the Greater Houston Partnership—switching from cheerleader to Cassandra—retirement contributions to city, police, and fire employees that amounted to around 12 percent of the city’s payroll contributions in 2011 are now at around 20 percent.

Here is the entire Mimi take that you may want to check out: http://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/open-letter-to-sylvester-turner-houston-mayor/.

Everyone knows that Evan Gattis led the team with 11 triples last season. Who was number two with triples?

The Chron E-Board took on the pensions today. A little aggressive – maybe? Here is how it starts:

Houstonians have grown accustomed to seeing our city’s name in headlines, whether on the New York Times’ top places to visit or the Washington Post’s list of best food cities. But at the beginning of 2016, we’re starting to make headlines for less auspicious reasons: pension problems.

Earlier this week, Bloomberg News reported on Houston’s pension shortfall of about $5 billion. This follows on a Wall Street Journal article at the end of last year that documented how our city’s credit rating was being threatened by the burden of pension obligations, debt payments and a revenue cap.

Instead of being listed alongside Los Angeles, New York City and Seattle for our culture and cuisine, Houston is starting to be associated with the fiscal challenges of Chicago and Detroit.

We’re heading in the wrong direction, and the Greater Houston Partnership has put its weight into turning our city around. At the partnership’s annual meeting earlier this week, Chairman Jamey Rootes, president of the Houston Texans, stated that the mounting public pension debt at City Hall would be a top priority for 2016.

And this is how it ends:

Turner was elected to office on the promise of being a uniter. But he shouldn’t be afraid to place the burden of the fix on the part of the city budget most responsible for the current fiscal crisis. Already, Turner looks like he’d rather kick the problem down to the next mayor by framing the long-term solution as a 10-year timeline. This is a multi-decade challenge, and Turner has to take it seriously. We can only imagine what the national headlines will say if he fails.

I don’t know about that. Be a little patient. He has only been in office a few weeks. Oh, well.

Hey, if you want to check out the entire E-Board take, subscribe.

I was at a TCEQ hearing last night in Pasadena. There sure were a lot of folks of the Latino persuasion in attendance. Many of them were using those translation ear piece gizmos. It is good to see that they care about their neighborhoods.

I don’t think I saw any elected officials in attendance.

Jose Altuve and Jake Marisnick came in second in the triples department of course with four each.

This from Tags:

The Astros’ starting rotation, which was second in the American League last season with a 3.71 ERA, got even deeper on Thursday when the team announced the signing of free-agent right-hander Doug Fister to a one-year deal.

Fister, who gets a base salary of $7 million and could earn another $5 million in incentives based on the number of innings pitched, spent the previous two seasons with the Nationals, going 5-7 with a 4.19 ERA in 25 games last year (15 starts). He went 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA for the Nats in 2014 and finished eighth in the National League Cy Young Award voting.

For sure now the price of a Saint Arnold is going up at The Yard.

Keeping You Informed

Weird as this may sound, one would probably think that the indictments on the Planned Parenthood undercover videos will probably help Devon Anderson’s reelection. Yes, I said it. Here is what the Chron E-Board said today:

In today’s hyperpartisan political climate, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson’s straightforward description of the grand jury’s findings in its investigation of charges that Planned Parenthood was selling fetal tissue for profit was a breath of fresh air: “We had to follow the evidence where it led us,” she said, and that evidence exonerated Planned Parenthood. But it didn’t stop there. In a stunning twist, the grand jury handed down indictments against David Daleiden, director of the anti-abortion front organization Center for Medical Progress, and Sandra Merritt, an employee, who created the videos at the heart of the allegations.

Here is what Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg had to say:

It’s my job to criticize politicians, not to praise them. And I certainly have criticized Anderson’s handling of other cases. Not this time.

She deserves praise for doing the right thing under pressure and for giving us a reason to believe in a system that fails too often.

This isn’t the first time Anderson has made a tough choice. Under pressure from the police union to retry Alfred Dewayne Brown in a Houston police officer’s callous murder, Anderson decided last year there wasn’t sufficient evidence, and Brown went free.

Anderson has recently implemented reforms, including expanded diversions for first-time offenders, and spoke out in favor of a controversial idea to allow defense attorneys at probable cause hearings.

We know now that Daleiden is a fake, a phony. And so are politicians who find it politically expedient to pretend he’s not.

Devon Anderson, meanwhile, might just be the real thing.

Now Anderson is getting pressure from the lawyers for the indicted two to “dismiss the charges” and have another grand jury look at it. Here us what Anderson had to say about that:

“We have a long standing policy against grand jury shopping. That means when a grand jury comes back with a decision we don’t like we don’t go and find another one to get the result we want. That violates the integrity of the whole system. The only time we re-present is if new evidence comes to light.”

Now isn’t that what you want the DA to say.

Yeah, I know. It is a long time between now and the November election and a lot of things can happen, plus we still don’t know who will be our Dem nominee for DA, but you have to figure Anderson probably scored some points with a bunch of folks including some Dems and even some Planned Parenthood supporters.

It helps her when dumb stuff like the following is tweeted:

George P. Bush ‏@georgepbush 17h17 hours ago

Charges against the makers of PP videos are upsetting. Shameful that DA’s office didn’t recuse itself w/ PP board member working there.

Oh, well.

Among MLB greats still living, who had the most innings pitched in their career

I didn’t know the following. This is probably a good thing. Here is from a Rebecca Elliott article:

Houston elected officials who become a candidate for another elected office are now automatically required to resign their current seat, uncharted territory for city officeholders who previously had not been subject to the so-called “resign-to-run” provision of the Texas Constitution.

The requirement that has long applied to county officials also covers officeholders in municipalities whose terms are longer than two years. Voters extended the terms of Houston elected officials to four years, from two, last November, triggering the change.

The “resign-to-run” clause pertains to those with more than one year and 30 days left in their terms who announce their candidacy or become a candidate in any general, special or primary election.

The provision does not appear to immediately affect the three City Council members — Dwight Boykins, Jerry Davis and Larry Green — who have expressed interest in running for Harris County commissioner, Precinct 1, because former Commissioner El Franco Lee’s replacement on the November ballot is set to be chosen by Democratic precinct chairs, not voters.

Thanks for the info.  We will see how this works

And do you really think that the funds announced yesterday for the H-Town area is really going to relieve traffic congestion? I don’t.

Phil Niekro of course leads all living former MLBers wsith 5,404 1/3 innings pitched. Cy Young is the all-time leader with 7,356.

Nothing from The Yard today.


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